Each year, our Syrah pushes the definition of concentration to new limits, and 2006 continues the tradition. Planted in sandy, quartz-rich soil to limit their potential for vigor, our Syrah vines ripened blue-black grapes replete with spice and berry. The élévage was strictly in neutral French oak barrels to enhance the expressive fruit character of the wine. With blueberry, jasmine, butcher board and anise on the nose, the wine reveals waves of complexity. Dense and utterly bursting with lush berry fruit, the deeply textured palate delivers on the promise of the wine’s heady aromatics. Truly, this is a wine that is all about richness and mid-palate: acidity is present yet balanced, providing a counterpoint to the wine’s heft, while ripe tannins provide length without dryness.
|Release Date:||May 2008|
Connoisseurs Guide: March 2009 - Rating: 89
As appreciative as we are of well-ripened wines that deliver lots of richness, we continue to find balance to be the key ingredient to real success. This unrestrained Syrah has plenty of the former but tips a bit to acid and heat in the bargain, and its deep and dramatic display of caramel, sweet oak, smoke, blackberries and provencal herbs comes with coarseness enough to temper our enthusiasm for the moment and leave us hopefully waiting for increased polish with age.
The Wine Advocate: December 2008 Issue 180 - Rating: 89
Two limited production offerings include the 2006 Syrah, a 600-case red offering floral and blackberry scents, medium to full body, sweet tannin, and a long, lush mouthfeel. It will provide pleasure over the next 4-5 years.
Wine Spectator Insider: November 19, 2008 - Rating: 93
Dense, detailed and concentrated, this is tight, focused and full-bodied, with an enticing mix of mineral, wild cherry and black cherry fruit, picking up lots of spice, pepper and nutmeg scents that provide depth and length. Best from 2009 through 2016._JL